Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Book Review - A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reed

MS Reed Does It Again With A Beautifully Written Book of Inspiration
 
A Miracle of Hope
by: Ruth Reed
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date:  December 31, 2013
 
The unthinkable happened to Amish, Lindie Wise.  She was pregnant, not married and no one is sure of the circumstances of how she became pregnant, because Lindie isn’t saying what happened.  They are assuming the worst.   In order to save face, her brother arranges a marriage to Josiah Plank in Upper Peninsula Michigan, whose wife passed away, leaving him to care for his young daughter Hannah.  Although in the beginning their marriage is tentative, they find they have more to give each other than they previously thought.  Lindie was afraid that if Josiah found out the true circumstances of her pregnancy he would leave her.    As you turn each page of this wonderfully written book you will see the story of love, faith and hope unfold.
Ms. Reed does it again with a beautifully written book about circumstances that can happen to anyone, not just the Amish.  The inspiration in this book with leave you with a renewed spirit in knowing that God is in control of all situations if we only yield to His will.
I would highly recommend this book.  It is easy light reading and I didn’t want to put down until the last page all the while wishing it wouldn’t end.  I fell in love with each of the characters. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Book Review-The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd

Sarah Ladd Does It Again With A Historical Romance  And A Touch of Mystery
Filled With Love And Inspiration
The Headmistress of Rosemere
by: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson


At age twenty-five, Patience Creighton is considered a spinster, but it has never bothered her until…now.  With her father’s death, brother leaving home and her mother just simply existing, Patience knew what her course in life was to be and that was to take care of the young girls of Rosemere.  She was content, feeling it was God’s purpose for her, until the landlord, William Sterling, showed up in her stable severely beaten.   Her brother suddenly returns to Rosemere with wife in tow and her ex-boyfriend shows up a few days later to become the headmaster of Rosemere.  Patience’s once clear life becomes uncertain and her path no longer clear.
MS Ladd does it again.  Although I read the first book of this series, “The Heiress of Winterwood” you do not need to read it in order to follow the plot of this one.  However it was nice to be reintroduced in this book to characters in the first book.  The characters in “The Heiress of Winterwood” stole my heart from page one as did those in this novel.  This book is filled with such love, compassion and inspiration that I didn’t want to put it down so read it in one day.  I could feel the turmoil in Patience as she tried to sort through what she felt God intended for her life. This is a charming easy to follow novel.  In my opinion it is well worth taking the time to read. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Booksneeze blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review Nail Biting Suspense - The Tenth Circle by Jon Land

A Suspense-Filled, Nail-Biting Page Turner

The Tenth Circle
by: Jon Land
Publisher:  Open Road Integrated Media
Publish Date:  December 17, 2013
 
What does the 1590 missing British Colony on Roanoke Island Virginia and the 1872 missing crew of the Mary Celeste have to do with terrorists of today releasing a weapon of unimaginable power at the President’s State of the Union address?  Blaine McCracken returns home from a mission in Iran just in time to be faced with the threat of Reverend Jeremy Rule’s fanatical teachings that insight acts of terror in the United States.  McCracken realizes that Rule isn’t acting alone and calls on help from his allies to keep Rule from unleashing the monster that was the cause of the disappearance of the Lost Colony and the Celeste crew.  If it is unleashed it will cause thousands of deaths which will send the US into war. 
This book is definitely a nail biting page turner.  Its plot is fast-paced.  The story spans hundreds of years and many countries, and culminates in a suspense-filled ending.  I couldn’t put this book down, so I read it in a day.  I had to keep turning the pages to see if McCracken and his allies would figure this mystery out in enough time to stop the carnage of the Tenth Circle of hell that was about to be released .  I highly recommend this book, especially if you like nail-biting, page-turning suspense.  In my opinion this would make a great movie.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Open Road Integrated Media , through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Book Reveiw - A Christmas To Remember by Katie Flynn

A Sweet Post-War Romance
A Christmas To Remember
by: Katie Flynn
Publisher:  Random House UK - North America
 
This book starts out a few days before Christmas and ends several years later a few days before Christmas which makes it the perfect novel to read at this time of year.
Tess Williams lives with her grandmother Edie in a small flat in Liverpool.  She has just returned from the Bell Farm where children were evacuated during the war.  Jonty Bell was her pal while she was on the farm.   Once she arrived in Liverpool she found that her mother had died and there was no family but her grandmother, or the person whom she thought was her grandmother.  She is now being bullied at school at school because she is the new kid.  Snowy White comes to her rescue and assures that no one else bullies her. 
During the summer she returns to the Bell Farm for a working holiday and her grandmother becomes friends with Albert and Tess is jealous.  When things go haywire she turns to Albert for help.  Life becomes a quandary for her because she promised to wait for Snowy to return from the military yet her heart belongs to Jonty, her longtime friend.  How can she hurt either one of them?  That is one of the questions that will be answered  in this book.
This was and easy to read entertaining book.  I found it to be a heart-warming post-war romance.   There is no foul language or explicit sex scenes, so it would be perfect for the young adult or anyone for that matter.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House UK – North America, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review-Binder by David Vinjamuri

Suspense In The Mountains Of West Virginia
Binder
by David Vinjamuri
Publisher: Thirdway, Inc
Publish Date:  December 2, 2013
Hooded men ambush and beat a group of environmental activists, and a colonel’s daughter goes missing in the Picturesque West Virginia mountains.  Michael Herne, at the request of a friend travels to West Virginia to find Heather.  As he tracks her he finds himself in the midst of communes, cults and supremacist groups.  While looking for Heather he unfolds a conspiracy that would bring America to her knees if it is not stopped.  Will he find Heather and stop the conspiracy?  You will find the answers as you turn the pages of this fast paced novel.
I enjoyed this novel very much, maybe in part because I have traveled to West Virginia many times and have always found West Virginians to be friendly and the landscape filled with nature’s beauty.  The plot was intricately woven into a believable story line given the many mountains in the area.  It held just enough suspense and action to keep me turning the pages.  Although this is the first novel I have read by David Vinjamuri, it will not be my last one. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thirdway, Inc., through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Book Review - An Amish Miracle

Inspirational.  Filled With Forgiveness, Love and Compassion

An Amish Miracle
by:  Mary Ellis, Ruth Reid and Beth Wiseman
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson-Fiction
Publish Date:  December 3, 2013
 
 Mary Ellis starts the series with “Always In My Heart”.  Hope Bowman is dealing with the guilt of giving up her first-born son and keeping the truth from her husband.  She has four daughters but longs to give her husband a son. She feels God will not answer her prayers because He is punishing her for not telling her husband or forgiving her father for the role he played.  She prays for a son, but the son she receives is not a newborn. 
 “Always His Providence” by Ruth Reid is the next story in the series.  In this story Rosa Hostetler’s husband, Uriah, gave his life in a barn fire to save their neighbor and long-time friend Adam Bontrager.  Rosa was left with delinquent taxes and only one month to find the money to pay them.  She depends on the money from selling her eggs to support herself, but her English neighbor’s dog starts killing her chickens endangering her income.  She is ashamed to ask the Amish community to help her through the widow’s fund.  However when Adam finds out what is going on, he tries to help her save her farm and assures her that God will provide.     
“Always Beautiful” by Beth Wiseman follows the first two stories.  Becky Byler is eighteen and obese.  She tries to lose weight, but as she continues to gain, people make fun of her and talk about her behind her back.  She becomes so depressed that she considers taking her own life even though she knows it goes against God’s teaching.  As she is contemplating taking her life she prays and asks God for a miracle.  Over the next few months she begins to lose weight and suddenly young men are interested in her.
This is a collection of three short stories by three of my favorite Amish authors in one book.  It is a book that is filled with inspiration, compassion, forgiveness and love.  Although the stories can easily be read independent of each other they do follow a series with the characters following through to the next story.  Each story presents a situation that any one of us could face.  The authors weave a believable plot that results in a solution involving their faith.  If you love reading inspirational stories I would highly recommend this book. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson-Fiction, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Review -Nail Biting Thriller - Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson

A Nail Biting Thriller

Critical Reaction
by:  Todd M. Johnson
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date:  November 19, 2013
 
The cold war is over and Hanford Nuclear facility has been shuttered.  The employees who guard the facility have been assured the building is safe and all traces of the plutonium have been removed.  They believe what they have been told until years after it has been closed there is an explosion that injures several, kills some and others are suddenly missing.   Kieran Mullaney survives the blast and tries to build a case against them, but just as they are going to trial his lawyer suddenly withdraws.  He calls a long-time college friend, Attorney Emily Hart and convinces her to take his case.  Emily along with her father begins a new investigation that uncovers information which almost appears to be unbelievable.  This book is filled with suspense from page one. 
I found this book to be a nail biting thriller.  I couldn’t put it down so read it in one evening.  I am happy this is a work of fiction, however it leaves a question in the back of your mind…could this really happen?  I found myself often sitting on the edge of my seat holding my breath as the plot unfolded.  I would highly recommend this book.  This is my first reading of books by Mr.  Johnson but I can’t wait to read more of his work.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review - The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick

A Fast Paced Romantic Murder Mystery


The Last Clinic
 
by:  Gary Gusick
 
Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group - Alibi
 
Publish Date:  November 18, 2013
 
Reverend Jimmy Aldridge, liked to wave signs in front of women’s clinics that performs abortions.  His holier-than-thou attitude rubbed some people the wrong way, while others thought he was doing God’s will.  Reverend Jimmy was shot in front of one of the clinics.  Darla Cavannah, a former Philadelphia police detective moved to the South with her ex-football player husband who wanted to return to his hometown after his accident.  Darla was given the job of finding the killer, along with her partner, a bungling Elvis wanna be.  People in Jackson were ready to lynch Dr. Nicoletti because they were positive he was the killer.  As Darla dug deeper into Reverend Jimmy’s life, he was not the person people thought he was and she was convinced Dr. Nicoletti was innocent and found herself falling for the doctor.  This book is a fast-paced read with a lot of twists and turns and a somewhat surprising ending.
This is my first reading by Gary Gusik and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I can’t wait for the next book.  I choose this book due to my southern heritage, but in all honesty it was a well written romantic, murder mystery.  When you mix the South, a good murder and romance you have a book well worth reading.  At times it kept me on edge of my seat, while other times I wanted to laugh at or strangle “Elvis” for his stupidity.  I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group - Alibi, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Children's Book Reviw - Pirates Down on the Farm by Dennette Fretz

A Sweet Whimsical Book for Children ages 4 - 8

 

Pirates on the Farm 

by Danette Fretz
illustrated by:  Gene Barretta
published by:  Zondervan


What would you do if swashbuckling pirates moved in next door to you?  Joey’s mother was not thrilled with the idea.  She even tried to get the sheriff to find a law prohibiting pirates from owning property in their town, but Dad and Joey befriended the pirates.  Dad showed them how to farm and become responsible people in the community. 
This is a beautifully illustrated children’s book.  It is a sweet story about being friends no matter what the situation might be.  The moral of this story would be best summed up as “Love They Neighbor”.   It shows God’s love through kindness. 
Although this is a Christian book, I would not let that deter you from having your children read it.  It is really a story about being kind. I would highly recommend this book for any child from ages 4 -8. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Zondervan, through BookSneeze blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Reveiw - Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman

Filled With Love and Inspiration

 Plain Peace
by: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
 
Anna, could be called the perfect child, however at age 18 she is no longer a child and longs for a life of her own, but no one has the nerve to ask her grandfather, the bishop, for permission to date her.  A new Amish family moves to their community.  She meets Jacob Hostetler for the first time at a volley ball game and her heart is smitten.  She finally gets the nerve to ask him to take her to a singing to which he agrees.  A turn of events causes Ann’s grandfather to forbid her to see Jacob, but she continues to sneak to see him.   Will they ever be able to convince her grandfather that she is the wonderful granddaughter they have raised all these years?  Will he listen to reason?  Will Jacob and Anna ever find happiness?  Will her grandfather be able to trust her again?  Will he be able to deal with the changes taking place in the community?  Only as you read the books will you find the answers to these questions.
This in my opinion is one of MS Wiseman’s best books.  It is does not portray the Amish as the perfect people that many of us believe them to be.  It was refreshing to find they also deal with anger, frustration, deceit, adultery and lies and they can also be friends with the English.  MS Wiseman weaves a wonderful plot and pulls together all the issues that the Amish people experienced in this novel, but subtly interjects how their faith helps them work through each situation to obtain forgiveness and understanding.  It is beautifully written and filled with love and inspiration.
If you are a fan of Beth Wiseman…this is a must read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Review - Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn

Strait of Hormuz
by David Bunn
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
 
Marc Royce a US former intelligence agent was sent to Geneva to follow the money trail of those funding the Iranian Nuclear Program.  He is unexpectedly reunited with an Israeli nurse, Kitra Korban who he met during Rare Earth.  Just as he recognized her, a bomb exploded in an art gallery nearly killing both of them.  Although Marc thought he had no allies in Geneva he finds he has a great network from countries and cultures that would never work together openly.  Marc begins to think the leads they are following are being leaked purposely to put them on the wrong track.  He has difficulty convincing the US powers to look at the situation from a different angle and finds himself often following his heart and instinct rather than his superior. 
After reading the description of this book I had high expectations; however as the plot was being played out I found myself having to go back and re-read sometimes several pages to make sure that I had not missed a crucial piece of information tying the many characters and events together.  I found it interesting that the author painted the freedom’s in the US as being a sought after life-style in the Middle East, yet at other times eluded that the powers in the military and administration were bungling idiots refusing to listen to the actual people on the ground.  I found myself agreeing with the author in that respect.  With situations in the Middle East playing out daily in our newspapers, I felt this book could easily have been front page news.  I enjoyed the plot of the book but it left me feeling a little disappointed. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book Review - Stranded by Dani Pettrey

Touching & Heart Warming
 

Stranded

by: Dani Pettrey

Publisher:  Bethany House

 
Darcy St. James, former uncover journalist received a call from her friend Abby who is undercover on the cruise ship, Bering and has discovered something sinister that has her terrified.  When Darcy arrives, Abby disappears without a trace.  Gage McKenna, from Last Frontier Adventures and also of the McKenna’s in Ms. Pettrey’s previous books is surprised to see Darcy in a staff meeting.  He and Darcy have a previous history and when he finds out why she is there, he is less than pleased with her.   People are missing and weird things are happening. Can Gage and Darcy put their differences aside and work together to find out what is happening before someone else dies?  Will they find Darcy’s friend alive?  These are all questions answered as you turn the pages of “Stranded”
MS. Pettrey does it again.  She brings the characters to life in a beautifully written story of mystery, intrigue, romance, and faith.  She gently shows how faith and trust in God brings about change in people.  I have read most of MS Pettrey’s books and am a big fan of her style of writing.  I find it refreshing to read books that do not have explicit language and sex yet are fast paced well written mysteries.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review - Deadline by Sandra Brown

Page Turning, Breath Holding Intrigue
 
 
 
Deadline
 
by: Sandra Brown
 
Grand Central Publishing
 
Dawson Scott, a journalist just returned from Afghanistan.  His godfather and FBI agent Gary Headly asks him to go to Savannah to cover the trial of Willard Strong  who is accused of killing Jeremy Wesson the son of Carl Wingate and Flora Stimel, who were notorious murderers decades ago but have escaped captured.  Dawson is suffering PTSD complete with nightmares which has caused him to turn to drugs and alcohol.  The last thing he wants to do is go to Savannah, but he feels he owes it to his Godfather, since Headly has been tracking Wingate for decades.  From the first time he sees Amelia Wesson, widow of Jeremy Wesson he feels drawn to her and her two sons. 
This book is filled with a lot of page turning, breath holding intrigue.  I have to admit that I didn’t see the ending coming in this book and was totally surprised.  MS. Brown brings together a book filled, with mystery intrigue, compassion, romance and murder, which makes this a must read. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 


Book Review - Envy by Sandra Brown

A Surprising Ending
 
 
Envy
 
by: Sandra Brown
 
Grand Central Publishing
 
 
Maris Matherly-Reed, editor if Matherly Press and daughter of publishing icon Daniel Matherly receives an unsolicited manuscript titled “Envy”.  Since it was not received through the proper channels it ended up in the slush file.  Maris reads all the prologues in this file when time permits.  She was captivated by “Envy’s” prologue and must find the author although it was only submitted with the initials P.M. E.
 As the story unfolds it is about two journalist college students, Roark and Todd, who are best friends and are competitive in everything but especially their writing.  It is filled with, deceit, envy, romance and murder.  As the story unfolds Maris begins to question why she received the book and how her life is entangled in this novel since she never met the author.
The twists and turns will keep you captivated as you turn the pages and it is filled with one surprise after the other.   The ending was not exactly what I expected.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out…there was one more surprise.  It is well worth the read!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Book Reveiw - Payback in Panama by Noel Hynd

 by: Noel Hynd
Publisher: Zondervan
 
U.S.  Treasury agent Alexandra LaDuca finds herself at a crossroad in her career.  She is no longer sure she wants to continue her long running duel with Dosi Cartel.  Her actor fiancĂ©, Eric Robertson is not sure he can deal with the constant threat on her life or living in a bullet proof home.  He asks her to make sure each time she goes under-cover that God is part of the plan.  Can Alex find the peace she longs for?  Can she give up not bringing the Dosi Cartel  to justice?  Is justice what she really wants for them or would death be a better solution?  If it is death can she deal with the aftermath of knowing she might have been responsible for their death?   Will she be able to put this life of intrigue behind her for a life of being a wife and mother?  Will she marry Eric?  These are all questions that will be answered as you turn the pages of this book.
I was a little disappointed when I read this book.  For me it waxed and waned.  I often found myself skim- reading until I came to fast pace in the plot.  I was both surprised and disappointed in the ending.   In my opinion the plot was deep, but at times not well tied together.  It was an interesting book and if you enjoy books that take you  from one continent to the next this book has it all.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Zondervan, through Booksneeze blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Book Review - The Alibi by Sandra Brown

Great Read!  No Disappointment!
 

The Alibi
by: Sandra Brown
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
 
Hammond Cross wants to be the DA and feels he deserves it.  His reputation is beyond reproach even when his investigation of Lute Pettijohn turns up unscrupulous activities by his own father. He never gives second thought to doing anything except what is right.  Hammond has a meeting with Lute who suddenly turns up dead and Hammond finds himself in a complicated situation all because he had a night filled with passion and his alibi, Dr. Alex Cross is also under suspicion.
Ms. Brown weaves a complex book filled with suspense, romance and just enough intrigue to keep you turning the pages.  Her characters and situations they find themselves in, is completely believable.  Her storyline often makes you feel you know “who did it” and then a shift will make you undecided.  I love that about her books.    She is one of my favorite authors so my opinion of her books may be a bit biased.  If you have not read a Sandra Brown book, I would highly recommend you read one.  You will not be disappointed.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, through Net Galley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Book Review - The Switch by Sandra Brown

MS. Brown Does It Again
 
The Switch
by: Sandra Brown
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
 
Identical twins, Gillian and Melina Lloyd,  Jem Hennings, Gillian’s “boyfriend”,  Astronaut Christopher (Chief) Hart and a charismatic preacher, Brother Gabriel are the characters in this book.  Melina owns an escort service and her sister Gillian is a real estate tycoon.  Gillian feels her biological clock is running out, but Jem is sterile so she goes to the Waters Clinic for Artificial Insemination.  Melina convinces Gillian to switch places with her as an escort for Astronaut Hart, after which she and Chief spend most of the night together.  The next morning she is found stabbed to death.  Suddenly Melina and Chief find themselves on the run and can trust no one. 
This book was filled with twists and turns that kept me riveted.  I couldn’t put it down and read it in one evening.  It was amazing how Ms. Brown brought all these unlikely characters together in the culmination of one of the best suspense novels to date.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, intrigue and romance.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Review - Unspoken by Dee Henderson

An Intricately woven story of God's Love, suspense, intrigue and romance
 
 

Unspoken
By: Dee Henderson
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date:  October 1, 2013

Charlotte Graham aka Ruth Bazoni and her sister were kidnap victims 16 years earlier in Chicago.  When the kidnappers agreed to release only one of them, Charlotte pushed her sister out the back of the van.  Four years passed before she was found only three miles from home.    Two of her abductors were killed, but one escaped.  She never told the police there was another abductor because he whispered to her he would kill her sister.  She would do anything to keep her sister and her family safe, which was to NEVER talk about it.   She made a life for herself, finding a job she truly loved.  She inherited her grandfather’s estate and had to liquidate a huge collection of rare coins.  She was put in touch with Bryce Bishop who was a coin dealer for Bishop Chicago.  Bryce was bored with life but when Charlotte came into it, it became anything but boring.  Bryce became important to her and helped her realize that the God she blamed for deserting her when she was kidnapped did indeed love and protect her.  Although he couldn’t explain to her satisfaction why it happened, he was able to demonstrate God’s love through prayer, patience and understanding.   As the story of Charlotte’s life is revealed, she faces many demons and often drops “bombshells” of information to Bryce.  His love for her and her artistic ability, that she believes is God’s gift to her, help bring about healing.

MS. Henderson does it again, subtly revealing God’s love while weaving an intricate story filled with suspense, romance and intrigue.  I was hooked from page one.  To me the sign of a good book is when I find myself holding my breath, crying and laughing…I did all three.  This is a book that I am sure I find myself reading time and again.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House and  Net Galley blogger programs for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Book Review - The Night Is Forever by Heather Graham

Suspense With a Supernatural Twist!
 
The Night is Forever
by: Heather Graham
Publisher: Harlequin
 
 
This book takes place in present day Tennessee, but is filled with Civil War History and folk lore of the area. Blending the old with the new makes this book interesting and entertaining.

Olivia Gordon works at a horse farm that specializes in rehab therapy for people with physical and mental issues. Her specialty is in horses. She feels horses can teach you boundaries in just about every aspect of life. She loves her job...that is until people start dying for no reason. Olivia is not your normal therapist...she sees and speaks with ghosts. When the owner of the horse farm, Marcus Danby,is found dead of an overdose of heroin she calls her cousin who is a member of the Krewe Unit. Dustin Blake who is FBI and a member of Krewe is sent undercover since he grew up in the Nashville area and no one would suspect he is there to investigate a murder.

MS Graham weaves an interesting plot by mixing history, modern day and supernatural without it becoming a history lesson. There was just enough mystery and suspense to keep me turning the pages. I have read most of MS Graham's books and this in my opinion is one of her best. Every chance I get, I read her books because they are fun and entertaining.

If you are a fan of the Civil War, suspense and a little mix of the supernatural you won't be disappointed reading this book.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through Net Galley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book Review - The Back Road - Suspenseful

The Back Road
By: Rachel Abbott
Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date:  October 8, 2013
 
The setting of this book is the English countryside in the village of Little Melham.  The main characters are Max and Ellie Saunders, her half- sister, Leo and an ex-detective Tom Douglas. 
Ellie and her husband Max had just recently renovated and moved into Ellie’s childhood home, because she was in hopes that her father, who left without a word would return.    Ellie was excited about the renovation and convinced Leo to return home to see the house in its new glory, and hoped they could repair the damage of their childhood by Ellie’s mum.  On the night Leo arrived, Abbie Campbell was hit by a car and left for dead.  Later that night her sister Ellie left the house for a late-night rendezvous with her stalker, and Max had not returned home.  If anyone finds out the truth about the hit and run Ellie fears her life and marriage with be ruined although she was not involved with the accident.  A whole lot of people in Little Melham seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Someone has a lot to answer for and Tom Douglas, the ex-detective and neighbor to Ellie and Max, finds himself right in the middle of the investigation.
As the story unfolded it was filled with unexpected twists and turns.  I found myself holding my breath, and hoping the terror would end.  Each character had a specific role and MS Abbott did a superb job in tying it all together.  I found the book filled with suspense and intrigue.  In my opinion it is a must read for anyone who loves a good mystery.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas and Mercer, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review - Trapped- Suspense Filled

Filled with Suspense and Intrigue
 
 

Trapped

By Irene Hannon
Published by: Revell
Publish Date:  September 1, 2013

 
Laura Griffith became guardian to her sixteen year old sister.  Even though she knew Darcy had issues she felt they could work through them until Darcy ran away leaving only a brief note.  Laura enlisted the help of Dev, a private investigator from Phoenix, Inc.  The search for Darcy was hampered by the snow and cold, but as Dev dug into the run away the more sinister the situation became.  Laura never gave up hope they would find Darcy, but Darcy wondered if anyone was looking for her and if they would find her before it was too late.  She wondered if she would ever have a chance to make amends for her actions. 


This is my first reading of a book by Irene Hannon, but it will not be my last.  From page one the book grabbed my attention and kept me captivated till the end.  It is filled with unexpected twists and turns and a whole lot of intrigue.  MS Hannon alluded to the unglamorous life of a run away without being horribly graphic, yet with enough truth to get the point across, that it is unsafe to roam the streets as a teenage girl.


If you like a book with a few breath-holding moments, along with mystery and intrigue, this is a book you won’t want to miss.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Revell, through Net Galley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Book Review- Patchwork Family In the Outback

A Sweet Entertaining Story
 
 

Patchwork Family in the Outback
By:  Soraya Lane
Publisher:  Harlequin
Publish Date:  Septermber 3, 2013

 

Bellaroo Creek Australia is the setting for this easy reading entertaining book. 
 
Poppy Carter, left her life in the city behind to come to the Outback to teach.  Her goal was to teach, leave the heartbreak she had suffered behind and to stay away from any relationship with men.  However she didn’t expect to meet single dad, Harrison Black.   She also didn’t realize until after she arrived that if she failed as a teacher the town would not be able to exist.  Will she be able to avoid Harrison and will she be able to stay to help the town?  Those are questions that will be answered as you turn the pages of this book.

 
I was able to read this book in an afternoon and found it a delightful read.  There was just enough action to keep me turning the pages and the characters were believable.  I felt their turmoil and happiness as I was reading.  I have always been intrigued with the Australian Outback and it had just enough tidbits about the Outback to keep it interesting without it becoming a history lesson.


If you need a book to read that is entertaining, this is a book I would recommend. 
 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through Net Galley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 
 
 
 


Friday, September 20, 2013

Book Review - Last Light- Christian Science Fiction

Last Light
By: Terri Blackstock

Would you be able to survive if the world we know just simply no longer existed?  What would you do if suddenly nothing electronic worked?  No electricity, no cars, planes…nothing.  Would you be able to find food and water?  Would you share what possessions you had with those less fortunate or would you hoard or steal from others?

Doug Branning and his daughter Deni’s plane just landed when suddenly everything stopped working.  Planes were falling out of the sky with no explanation.   Cars stopped running, watches quit working, no banking machines would work.  Nothing!  This was not your typical power outage.    Chaos was everywhere and no one knew how far reaching this outage was.   Doug and Deni began their journey home from the Birmingham airport on foot.  MS Blackstock paints a realistic reaction through her characters of how we might react in a similar situation.  Deni is quick tempered and self-centered.  Will she finally realize that family and God are what really matter regardless of how important we think we are?  They deal not only with having to pull together as a family, but as a community learning to share and work together to survive and deal with looters and murderers all at the same time. 

I was captivated from page one and I don’t usually like books with a science fiction overtone, but this book was well worth the read and I didn’t find it in the least “preachy” eventhough it was written by a Christian writer.  I felt it would be a good book for anyone to read that might be faced with unusual situations.  It certainly causes you to stop and think about what would be important.

I would highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys science fiction, mystery and intrigue and Christian readers who want a good book without explicit language.

Disclosure: 
I was given this book by the publisher, Zondervan, Through  Booksneeze blogger program for review.  I was not compensated for this book nor was I required to write a favorable review.  This review is my own opinion.